When you have kids — especially, but not exclusively boys — you learn some things pretty quick. And one of the things you learn is boys will be boys. They just will.
I have lots of friends who have only daughters and they tell amazing stories of blood-curdling screaming episodes over clothes being borrowed without permission and other such crimes against humanity.
(In our experience I can’t think of a single occasion where either of our boys borrowed clothes from the other, but that’s a conversation for another day.)
With all kids — and I think especially, but not exclusively boys — a challenge is not just teaching respect, but making it part of their DNA. I say “especially” boys only because I know women have a larger hill to climb in terms of equality and respect in all its forms. As we have learned recently, there are still big problems.
Which is why the situation at Dalhousie University is so troubling. Continue reading